Posted By: PRISCILLA DENNIS

 

The body of Emir of Borgu, Haliru Dantoro, Nkitoro III, was yesterday laid to rest in his palace at New Bussa, Borgu Local Government of Niger State.

Amid tears, the body of the emir was interred in his palace immediately after a prayer led by chief Imam of New Bussa, Ahmed Shehu.

The corpse arrived in Arik Air flight markedr 5N-JEA and landed at the Nigeria Air Force Base, Kanji, around 11am. At about 11:20am, the body contained in a brown mahogany casket was brought out of the plane and received by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

The corpse was then placed in an ambulance and conveyed in a motorcade to the emir’s palace in New Bussa, where a short prayer held.

Dignitaries at the ceremony included President Muhammadu Buhari, National President of APC, Otunba Bola Tinubu, governors of Niger and Kebbi, members of the national and state Assemblies, and traditional rulers from across the nation. Others were Alhaji Aminu Dantata and Colonel Sani Bello, former military governor of Kano State and father to the Niger governor, among others.

After the burial, President Buhari took time out to condole with family of the late royal father.

Aged 78 years, the Emir passed away after a brief illness in a German hospital in the early hours of Friday.

The monarch was the first Borgu Local Government Chairman, when the council was created in old Kwara State. He was also appointed Commissioner in Kwara State during the second republic.

A former senator, the Emir was the gubernatorial candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention and a onetime Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

He ascended the throne of his fathers on February 26, 2000.

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